Residence is Theta Delta

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I have limited access to this website on the weekend and will post week 2's materials on Monday.

Old news from previous camps Also, Lingering questions, and responses, from students in various courses

- Lecture Notes Day 1,
- AddendumMichelson-Morley Interferometer.

- Lecture Notes Day 2,
- Lecture Notes Day 3,
- Lecture Notes Day 4,
- Lecture Notes Day 5,
- Twin Paradox, details. ST diagrams showing observations vs. measurements in the twin paradox.
- How to send information back in time with tachyons. And become infinitely wealthy!
- ST diagram explaining why an object coming at you is *observed* to be longer.
- ST diagrams of TD and LC. Giving details.

- Lecture Notes Day 6,
- Lecture Notes Day 7,
- Lecture Notes Day 8,
- Lecture Notes Day 8B, GR effects from EP
- Lecture Notes Day 9,
- Lecture Notes Day 9B,

- Lecture Notes Day 10,
- Lecture Notes Day 11,
- What happens when you fall into a BH?,
- An (incomplete) formal description of spacetime in GR
- Thermodynamics of black holes.
- Derivation of entropy of black hole.
- Gravitomagnetism.
- L12 Quantum mechanics and black holes.
- Lecture Notes Day 12, we won't cover this.
- Lecture Notes Day 13,

- Problems Day 1, | Solutions
- Problems Day 2, | Solutions
- Problems Day 3, | Solutions
- Problems Day 4, | Solutions
- Problems Day 5, | Solutions

- Problems Day 6, Missing at the moment.
- Problems Day 7, | Solutions
- Problems Day 8, | Solutions
- Problems Day 9, | Solutions
- Problems Day 10,

- Problems Day 11, | Solutions (2nd only)
- Problems Day 13,

Sabine Hossenfelder's blog, Backreaction. Often some personal stuff (and singing videos that I dare not click on), but other times there are excellent posts.

Quantum Frontiers The blog of Caltech's Inst. for Quantum Information and Matter. Some very good posts (though often quite advanced).

...more to come...

I would say if you want to continue on from this course, there are three books to consider.

I know I am neglecting many books, I am just pulling them off my shelf and listing them.

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**Black Holes**, J.P. Luminet. I highly recommend this inexpensive book. Amazon link - **
**Space and Time in Special Relativity**, N. David Mermin. Good but uses relativistic mass (tisk-tisk). Amazon link - ***
**Understanding Relativity**, Leo Sartori. More for SR than GR. Amazon link - *
**Relativity, An introduction to spacetime physics**, Steve Adams. Some cheezy illustrations. Adequate but defends relativistic mass (Ack!). Amazon link - **
**GR from A to B**, Robert Geroch. Diagram based. Mostly SR. It's ok but could have been great. Amazon link - ****
**Black Holes & Time Warps**Kip S. Thorne. This is more of a historical development of GR and leads to many advanced concepts. Not an introduction to relativity but more of a guide to the major issues throughout the 20th Century. - ****
**A Short History of The Universe**Joseph Silk. This is more of a pedestrian approach to Cosmology. Some discussion of GR at a very basic level (warped rubber sheet analogy). Although basic, it covers most of the relevant physics pertinent to Cosmology.

**Spacetime Physics**and**Exploring Black Holes**. I know, I know, you are sick of these but they are really great books.- ****
**Relativity, Special, General, and Cosmological**, Wolfgang Rindler. I thoroughly like this text. Not as advanced as SHutz (below). Appropriate for an upper division course. Amazon link - ****
**Dynamics and Relativity**, W.D. Mc Comb. Strange in that about 1/3 to 1/2 covers Newtonian mechanics. But it nicely leads into special and a bit of GR. Not really a text to use for a full course but some good aspects. A nice extension to this course. Amazon link

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**A First Course In General Relavity**, Bernard Shutz. Often used here at Stanford. Uses the East coast metric, and I've found a few typos. But otherwise excellent. Amazon link - *****
**General Relativity**, Robert Wald.**THE BOOK**of relativity. If you can get through this, you're a sharp cookie. No holds barred, mathematically sophisticated, and dense. Enjoy! Amazon link - *****
**Gravitation**, Misner, Wheeler, and Thorne. If Wald is the Bible of GR then this must be the Koran of GR. Often called the "Phonebook" it generates significant curvature of spacetime itself. Amazon link - ****
**Introducing Einstein's Relativity**Ray D'Inverno. A rigorous introduction to GR probably not on the same level as Wald or MTW but definitely mathematical. Deals with all of the differential geometrical aspects of GR. I enjoy some of the mathematical derivations but other pedagogical aspects need work. - *****
**General Relativity**I.R. Kenyon. This is a more advanced book that is small and cheap. It may belong in the next section but, I think, is a great starting point to begin learning about GR and differential geometry.

I would probably recommend not starting with Einstein's works for general audiences. Although carefully written and they do not take short cuts like others, the method is rather old fashioned. I would suggest starting with a good modern introductory text (like Spacetime Physics, Mermin, or Wald (ok that's a bit much) and only after developing a sound base in the modern perspective go back and read Einstein's works. They are more useful to those who want to understand the history and philosophical underpinnings of relativity.

In reading his journal articles not much is to be gained in

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**The Strange World of QM**, Daniel Styer. A rather short, simple book but contains all of the mysteries in QM. I read it in one night. Amazon link - *****
**The Quantum Challenge**, Greenstein et. al. I really like this book, it discusses all of the mysterious properties in terms of experiments. Good discussions of the foundations of QM. A good read for all physicists. Amazon link - ****
**QED**, Richard Feynman. Excellent introduction to the path integral approach. Does not talk about all of the mysteries but covers a lot of ground. A classic. Amazon link

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**An Introduction to Modern Cosmology**, 2nd Ed. by Andrew Liddle. This is a standard first-time text for Cosmology. Not overly technical but does go into the mathematics of GR and cosmology. Price is about $35. - *****
**Cosmology; The Science of the Universe**2nd Ed., by Edward Harrison. This may be a little hard to find (we are having difficulties finding extra copies) but well worth it if you can find it. About $50-60. This book covers Cosmology in a more non-mathematical way than most texts. There is plenty on history and philosophy of the universe and also covers some of the more advanced concepts (inflation). - *****
**Principles of Cosmology and Gravitation**, M.V. Berry. This is one of may all time favorite books (right up there with "Leave it to Psmith" by Wodehouse). It goes into GR and cosmology without tensor analysis but not in a cheap way. Many sophisticated results are derived using calculus alone. Amazon link

I've added some old pictures from previous camps for your amusement (many are from 2007). You should recognize the boards. It seems as I was much better with my layout! (I blame the chalk and the board, it's not me!) Some random pix (how old am I? Many buildings we met in no longer exist):

- SRGR year 2007 [Terman engineering 101 - torn down]
- SRGR year 2007 One of my favorites [Terman engineering 101 - torn down]
- SRGR year 2008? (need to check) [Applied Physics - torn down]
- SRGR year 2008, oh so attentive (pre-melon).[Applied Physics - torn down]
- SRGR year 2008? There's the melon![Applied Physics - torn down]
- SRGR year 2008 Noli, with his 'street skills'[Applied Physics - torn down]
- SRGR year 2008 Noli,I dare you to taste this sweet melon.[Applied Physics - torn down]
- QM year 2011 Matt's year. In Mechanical Engineering 520? still there.

- Mai, "So happy!", QM 2008?. This is one of my all time favorite pix.
- Tried to get their band name, QM 2008. They should tour!
- Contest to get the most EMF (current), SRGR 2008. Ashley got 11.8 mA! (record was like 14 mA). Tennis raquet with coil hooked up to an ammeter.
- James G., QM 2008?. One of the top students of all time. Took both SRGR and QM, went to Princeton, and is now a grad student in physics (oh where??? I need to find out). Smart guy!
- A most brilliant shot!. Need to look up where John went to university.
- Another nice pict. .
- Almost but not quite a record!. My FB quote, "Not the record, but close. Nice pose Meatball, been trying out for Price is Right? Ñ with Choi Tim." Meatball just recently graduated from UC Berkeley. = great guy.
- Only 5??.QM 2008. The record I recall, is 7 or 8.
- Best posed shot. Album cover number 2. .This was SRGR 2008. "The Magneto-Breakfast Racquet Indifference" (?). Better ideas?